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Our Outdoors: A Flurry

You don't hear much in the way of hymns from a congregation of alligators, which is the name for the reptiles when they're found in a group. Likely, you don't turn to a shrewdness of apes for advice...

 

30 to 50 ND Lakes Provide Trophy Perch Ice Opportunities

They're out there under the ice, scattered throughout North Dakota's slough country; jumbo perch that just a couple of decades ago were limited to major reservoirs in the Peace Garden State along...

 

Our Outdoors: Bringing Balance

In college, at the local grocery store, was one of those old-timey scales from the 1930s or 40s with a large dial at the top displaying weights from 0 to 300 pounds. Each time I'd step on it, I'd...

 

ND Houndsmen Highlight Evolving Hunting Niche

The traditional image of a hunting dog on the prairies of the upper Midwest may suggest the statuesque shorthair holding point over a covey of grouse, or the staunch vigilance of a chocolate lab...

 

Our Outdoors: Trail's End

The whir of wings on the far side of the stand of pines caught my attention, as my hardworking lab sniffed out the row’s only resident. From the sound and the urgency, I guessed it was a pheasant...

 

Late Hatch Likely Bettered 2021 Upland Hunting

This autumn, upland hunters found good success where habitat remained intact because it congregated birds in those locations. In places throughout the state which received little rain and stands of...

 

Our Outdoors: All smiles

I’m a Christmas carol guy through and through, which generally makes coming out of the holidays a little hard on my psyche. The satellite radio stations that I’ve been listening to since the day...

 

Our Outdoors: Grab and Go

If you've ever watched the top of a tip-up spin after a pike has taken the offering below, be it frozen smelt, herring or perhaps even a hot dog, you often wonder when the metal circular blur is...

 

Our Outdoors: In the Thick of It

Give me an expanse of cattails in December, with a little snow on the ground and a lot of pheasants scattered throughout it, and that's about the best gift the outdoors can provide. Even in those...

 

Our Outdoors: The Hottest Stuff on Ice '21-22

The ice fishing market has exploded in the last twenty years. Where once only a couple of companies dominated the auger, fish house, and sonar categories when I started this column detailing the...

 

Southeast ND Ice Fishing Opportunities Abound

While water levels are down about two feet after a dry spring and summer across southeastern North Dakota's prairie lakes country, the opportunities to find fast ice fishing for perch and walleyes...

 

Our Outdoors: Freeze factors

The lure of that first ice fishing opportunity has lost some of its pull on me. Where in the past I’d be one of the first anglers sliding out onto the newly-formed ice, these days I’m more...

 

2021 Difficult Year for ND Mule Deer

While many hunters were gearing up for the 2021 firearms deer season, agents of the North Dakota Game & Fish Department (NDG&F) were completing aerial surveys of the state's mule deer populations...

 

Our Outdoors: Back on Schedule

"We now return you to your regularly scheduled program!" Whether it was Bozo the Clown before school or Saturday morning cartoons, when interrupted by a breaking news story or weather alert, those...

 

Our Outdoors: Seen and unseen

I’ve often wondered if I could give up hunting and just fish, or give up fishing and just hunt. I’m most often struck with that thought as I sit peacefully in my deer stand up from a small lake, a...

 

Save the Best for Last

While referred to in some crowds as "desperation weekend," the final three-day stretch of the North Dakota firearms deer season can often be the very best as changing environmental conditions,...

 

Our Outdoors: For flock's sake

There is nothing more surprising on an upland game hunt than to wander into a draw or to the edge of a stretch of grass and watch a covey of grouse or a group of pheasants rise en masse, wings...

 

Grunt Work

The sound of a grunting buck can send a shiver of anticipation up any hunter's spine. What was a calm sit in a tree stand can quickly become an adrenaline rush of epic proportions. Whether it's a low...

 

Our Outdoors: Little Challenges

When it comes to the outdoors, I'm not a huge traveler. I find contentment and more importantly, excitement, close to home with the opportunities I have nearby. Whether that's plying the breaklines...

 

Our Outdoors: That one gun

For an uplander, there’s nothing more reassuring than a trusted shotgun. For me, it remains a super light 20-gauge that shoulders easily, swings smoothly, and more often than not, connects with my...

 

Kautzman's Perfection Propels BSC to MCAC Championship Win

The Bismarck State College (BSC) Mystics Clay Dusters trapshooting squad put on a dominant performance at the Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) 2021 Clay Target Championship on Oct. 19...

 

Our Outdoors: Problems with plastic

I’ve come to despise plastic. I guess not all plastic, just the plastic that gets in the way of enjoying the outdoors and the aesthetics of being in places where plastic shouldn’t be. Like all...

 

Our Outdoors: The Hope in Habitat

When it comes to hunting, where you find habitat, you find your quarry. While fields of corn and soybeans will draw pheasants, deer and waterfowl to their edges to feed, the other 95 percent of their...

 

Pelt Perfection

Autumn is often a brief part of the circle of seasons in the upper Midwest, but for those that piggyback their ice fishing or angling success on the hunting adventures that come with it, it may be the...

 

Our Outdoors: The sprint

They say summer moves fast, and it’s true, but by far, fall goes by the quickest of all the seasons; especially for those of us of a hunting mindset, and specifically in this particular autumn...

 

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